Ohio Questions & Answers

Q: on probation for trafficking- driving with no drivers license

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on May 24, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
Driving without a license would be a violation of his probation though probably not a real serious one. You, however, could be charged criminally with an offense called negligent entrustment for knowingly allowing an unlicensed driver to use your vehicle. You are right to say no.
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Q: My 16yo stepson got his 19yo girlfriend pregnant. Can she be charged with ORC 2919.24? They live in Canton, ohio

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on May 24, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
It's possible, but it is not likely unless there is more than sex involved. That statute makes it unlawful for anyone to contribute to a child's unruliness or delinquency. He has committed no crime that you list, so he isn't delinquent, and unruliness usually involves a pattern of disobedience like running away, truancy violations, etc. If he is a good kid other than having made the mistake of sleeping with her, then she didn't violate 2919.24. If she helped him be bad in a variety of ways, she...
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Q: Can you be punished by law for purposesly beating on a disabled individual.?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Answered on May 24, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
You can be punished by law for beating on anyone. Assault is illegal. How old are these boys? Perhaps the police believe this situation is better handled by parents and teachers than police officers and judges.
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Q: i have been convicted of a domestic violence charge is there a way i can take steps to pay it off without jail time

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Answered on May 24, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
Ordinary DV in Ohio is a first degree misdemeanor. While it is punishable by jail time, most first time offenders do not actually get jail time but wind up on probation instead.
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Q: is there anything we can do?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on May 24, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
If you don't leave, and landlord files an eviction, you can attend the eviction hearing and explain the situation to the court. The court will decide if you breached the lease and if landlord has a valid basis to evict you. If the court orders an eviction, it will give you 7 to 10 days to vacate. So try to work it out with landlord. If she files an eviction, it becomes a permanent court record, even if it gets dismissed. It could then be difficult to rent from a landlord who finds that...
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Q: Can a child decide they don't want to see the other parent after a court order has been made? After a certain age?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Answered on May 24, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
The court-ordered parenting time must be met, until the court changes it. If father will agree, then work out a new schedule, submit it to the court as both parents agree, and the court might approve it. The court could hold a hearing to hear from your daughter, but it is up to the court to decide, not her. A court might give more weight to the desires of a teenager. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to advise you.
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Q: I am considering offering a rent to own option on my house. Should rent be higher because it goes towards purchase pric

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Answered on May 23, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
You can ask whatever you want. It depends on what buyers in the market are willing to pay. Part of rent can go to purchase price, or not. Totally up to you and buyer to negotiate. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to have a local attorney draft a proper lease/option contract.
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Q: In the middle of a divorce without legal rep. If I buy a house now, does she have any future claim on it?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Ohio on
Answered on May 23, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
If you buy it now before the divorce is final, then she will have a dower interest in it, and its ownership will have to be included and determined in the divorce. So that will complicate the divorce. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to represent you, because it can be very difficult, expensive, and/or impossible to fix any mistakes after the divorce is final, and can cost you for years.
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Q: Will there be legal ramifications if I run away from home. I live in Ohio.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on May 23, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Your could be reported as a runaway, and that could be a problem for you and anyone who might help you. Talk to other family members or your local child services agency.
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Q: Does my mother have to give me father legal papers? custody question

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Answered on May 23, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
He should contact the county office that handles birth certificates and the social security office to find out how to get replacements.
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Q: Ok so.im having a raccoon issue and my landlord refuses to take care of it.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on May 23, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
What does your lease says about pests and who pays for exterminators? If it doesn't say, then you could be responsible. Contact the rental assistance agency and ask them to contact landlord. You could pay your portion of rent into escrow, if the agency will allow you to do it. Or you could get an exterminator to remove the raccoon, then send the bill to the landlord. If he won't pay, you could sue him in small claims court, but if your lease doesn't specifically say landlord is...
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Q: How many hours in advance do you have to call off work?(Family Dollar)

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Answered on May 22, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
That's a question of company policy, not law.
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Q: dentist did a poor job with an extraction, damaged my mouth seriously, got infected did not prescribe any meds

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Ohio on
Answered on May 22, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
If all that is true, yes.
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Q: My son is 14 and has a huge history of violence and court involvement is running away a charge that can be filled

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on May 22, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
Yes, a child can face an allegation of being unruly or delinquent as a result of running away. Of course, it isn't considered very serious and most children who run away are not charged with anything.
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Q: Hello I am looking for advice on landlord/tenant and security deposit laws and rules. I'm hoping you can help. Thanks.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on May 22, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Here is the link for security deposits: http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/5321.16v1

You could sue landlord in small claims court for the return of the deposit, but it probably is not worth your time. If there are not photos of before and after, and a walk-through inspection before and after, it would be difficult to prove what was done to the carpet.
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Q: what should expect at my forcible entry eviction court hearing? i am the tennet.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on May 21, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
The court is likely to order the eviction and give you 7 to 10 days to move out. If you don't move out by the deadline, the landlord can have the sheriff come and move everything outside. So look for some other place to live as quickly as you can, or try to work it out with landlord. You might be able to delay the hearing by a week by telling the court you need time to find an attorney. The court might, or might not, postpone the hearing for a week.
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Q: Soon to be ex-wife has temp sole custody of son,she lives in Indiana,I live in Ohio. can I still go for shared parenting

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Divorce for Ohio on
Answered on May 21, 2018
Robert Mues Esq's answer
I assume the matter is pending in Indiana. Correct? I am not licensed there. Regardless of the state, you need a lawyer to represent you.

In Ohio, you would not be precluded from Shared Parenting simply because you live in different states. It would essentially come down to a "best interest" determination of your son. But I know the Indiana has some different laws and positions from Ohio. Get that Indiana lawyer SOON.

Good luck!
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Q: Minor son is charged for domestic violence because he wanted to stop her adult sister bullying him

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Answered on May 17, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
Your son needs a lawyer plain and simple. Prosecutors often pursue domestic cases even with uncooperative or downright hostile victims.

How did the police get involved in this?
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Q: I'm a unmarried mother moving out of state the father is threatening to try to keep me in ohio. Can I legally go?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Answered on May 17, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Until you establish residency in an new state, which might require living there as much as 6 months, he could file here in OH for parenting rights, and OH would still have jurisdiction, and an OH court could require you to return the child. That could be complicated and more expensive for him, but it could happen. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local OH attorney ASAP to review all the facts with you and advise you.
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Q: Full time masters while H1B renewal is pending

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Ohio on
Answered on May 16, 2018
Carl Shusterman's answer
You cannot stop working for your H-1B employer while your extension of status is pending. And because you have an approved I-140, you probably will not be able to get F-1 student status. Schedule a consultation with an experienced immigration lawyer.
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